Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Biloxi on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is getting a new minor league baseball stadium!

There is one small problem with the good news…..we DO NOT have a minor league baseball team…..a minor setback, I am told.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Thursday said the state would kick in $15 million in BP oil disaster money to help build a professional baseball stadium in Biloxi.  Bryant said, Ken Young, president of Ovations Food Services and an owner of several minor-league teams via Maryland Baseball Holding, LLC (Triple-A Norfolk Tides, Double-A Bowie Baysox, and Single-A Frederick Keys) and Albuquerque Baseball Club, LLC (Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes), is leading the franchise ownership group and is “in the process of purchasing an existing minor league team and relocating them to Biloxi.”  Read more here.

We are told that it will seat up to 25,000 persons……that it will be used for not only baseball but concerts and other special events…….which is a pretty good promise but we already have the Gulf Coast Coliseum which acts for these things but the baseball thingy…

Personally, I think the BP disaster funds could be spent in a much more beneficial way than a ball park…..all this will do is make a few more low paying jobs for the people of the Coast……and after 5 years will be for sale or a great place to graze goats…..

The questions I want answered is….who benefited for the sale of that chunk of property?  And what will the tax base be?

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Father Of Rock And Roll Dies

With his stocky build and his thick glasses, Bo Diddley didn’t look like a typical rock’n’roll star. The rectangular-bodied electric guitar he played didn’t look like the instruments other rock’n’rollers played. The beat he favored, which came to be known as the Bo Diddley beat — three strokes, then a rest, then two more — was not a typical rock’n’roll rhythm.

But Diddley, who died yesterday at age 79, was one of the architects of rock’n’roll, his influence rivaled only by artists such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Fats Domino.

Songs he wrote, like “Who Do You Love?,” “Road Runner” and “Mona,” are part of the basic rock repertoire, while his 1959 hit “Say Man” — a series of good-natured insults, traded with percussionist Jerome Green, over a beat — looked forward a few decades to hip-hop. The Bo Diddley beat has been recycled endlessly, in songs like Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away,” the Who’s “Magic Bus,” U2’s “Desire” and Bruce Springsteen’s “She’s the One.”

Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Fla., spokeswoman Susan Clary said. He had suffered a heart attack in August, three months after suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa. Doctors said the stroke affected his ability to speak, and he had returned to Florida to continue rehabilitation.

Diddley’s pounding, relentless beat, combined with his distorted guitar tone and howling vocals, gave his music a primal quality that made it rank among the deepest blues and the hardest rock.

Diddley was born Ellas Bates in McComb, Miss., but he later was adopted by his mother’s cousin and took the name Ellis McDaniel. When he was 5, his family moved to Chicago.

His first instrument was the violin, but he soon switched to guitar and, as a teenager, became a street musician.

He will be sadly missed–his music got an old fart like me through a lot of crap! May he rest in peace.